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Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones is a novel about a 13 year old naieve boy named Charlie Bucktin who gets unexpectedly thrown into a world of secrets and suspicion by the desperate and run down town scapegoat Jasper Jones.

Silvey uses a range of narrative techniques such as alliteration, imagery, symbolism and tone to create an emotive, honest and innocent novel. His use of first person perspective creates anenvironment for the reader to explore the narrator's character and become immersed in the sweaty, sticky mining town of Corrigan.

Charlie BucktinCharlie Bucktin is the narrator and main character of Japer Jones. He begins the novel as an average 13 year old boy, dabbling in writing and reading to pass the long, hot days in his hometown of Corrigan. After the discovery of Laura Wisharts body and an unexpected meeting with outcast Jasper Jones, Charlie's life turns into a messily spun web of secrets and lies. He struggles to keep a balance between his seemilngly cruel mother, and his increasingly stressful social life. His empathy leads him to getting emotionally invested in bestfriend Jeffrey Lu's family struggles, and his love interest Eliza Wishart.

Jasper JonesJasper Jones is the other main lead of the book. He is frowned upon in the town of Corrigan because his father is a drunk and his mother died when he was little. People in Corrigan think they are better than him because he is half caste Aboriginal and Australia was still quite racist during the time the novel is set.

“I don't understand a thing about this world: about people, and why they do the things they do. The more I find out, the more I uncover, the more I know, the less I understand.”

Author Craig Silvey talking about his novel Jasper Jones.

Plot structureSilvey doesn't use the classic plot structure of introduction, climax conclusion. He starts the book with a climax (Laura dying) and then does the introduction. This hooks the reader as soon as they start reading the book and makes them want to keep reading to find out what happened to Laura and who was involved in solving the mystery.

Themes1. RacismRacism is a major theme in Jasper Jones because it is set in a time when white people are very prejudiced towards people from other cultures including Aboriginal and Asian people as displayed in the novel. The novel not also says a lot about Australia's past but a lot about our present: racism is becoming less mainstream and sometimes it can be shocking to learn about what was said and done in the past regarding racial assault and separation.2. Deceit is inevitable A very clear theme in Japser Jones is that deceit and lies are everywhere and everyone has something to hide, like Laura and Eliza's dad who assaulted his daughter, and Charlie keeping his friendship with Jasper a secret from his parents. 3. Change can be for better or for worseThis theme is prominent in the book because everything in Charlie's world changes in a bad way after he finds Laura's body, but then he gets closer with Eliza which is a good thing for him.

Jeffrey LuJeffrey Lu is Charlie's best friend and one of the main characters in Jasper Jones. Jeffrey and his family are victims of racism which very much reflects Australia's feeling towards people from other cultures in the time the book was set. Jeffrey gets excluded from the Corrigan cricket team beause of his race, even though he is a lot more talented than most f the boys already on the team. Jeffrey and his family are essential contributors to the themes of Jasper Jones because they are racial outcasts in their community, even though it's meant to be a welcomin place.

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